Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators: Reaction from the Battle of Ontario

Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIOctober 8, 2011

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 19: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs roughs up Chris Neil #25of the Ottawa Senators during preseason NHL action at the Air Canada Centre September 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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After a season-opening win against the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Leafs get the Battle of Ontario going tonight.

Looking at the way the Ottawa Senators played against the Detroit Red Wings Friday night, the Leafs could be in line for an offensive outburst. Senators goalie Craig Anderson will have to improve upon his season opening performance in order to prevent Ottawa from opening the season 0-2.

That being said, the Leafs need their offensive players to be their offensive leaders tonight. Having Matthew Lombardi scoring the first goal of the season was a nice story, and I'm not saying Lombardi isn't an offensive player, but he was playing on the fourth line. Dion Phaneuf getting his first goal early was also a bonus.

Players like Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski need to get their offensive games going. Meanwhile, John-Michael Liles and Jake Gardiner need to get the offensive game going from the blue line and not leave it all to Phaneuf.

The Leafs win 6-5. Kessel gets a hat trick. Lupul, Grabovski, and Colton Orr get the other three goals.